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To show a child what once delighted you,
by J. B. Priestley

To show a child what once delighted you,
to find the child's delight added to your own -
this is happiness.
- J. B. Priestley

Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself -
with a smile.
- J. B. Priestley

We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
- J. B. Priestley

The more we elaborate our means of communication,
the less we communicate.
- J. B. Priestley

 

She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.
- J. B. Priestley

If we openly declare what is wrong with us,
what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and
despair will by degrees disappear.
- J. B. Priestley

Britain, which in the years immediately before this
war was rapidly losing such democratic virtues as it possessed,
is now being bombed and burned into democracy.
- J. B. Priestley

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Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden,
digging things up all the time to see how they're growing.
- J. B. Priestley

Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer,
but if you must, then write.
- J. B. Priestley

Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes.
- J. B. Priestley

If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules,
but if not - and the odds are against it -
go to your desk no matter what your mood,
face the icy challenge of the paper -
write.
- J. B. Priestley

There are plenty of clever young writers.
But there is too much genius, not enough talent.
- J. B. Priestley

A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising.
Because I keep on producing books they say there must
be something wrong with this fellow.
- J. B. Priestley

Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned.
The perfect life is spread before us every day,
but it changes and withers at a touch.
- J. B. Priestley

The greatest writers of this age...
are aware of the mystery of our existence.
- J. B. Priestley

There was no respect for youth when I was young,
and now that I am old, there is no respect for age,
I missed it coming and going.
- J. B. Priestley

Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.
- J. B. Priestley

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day,
a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of
magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
- J. B. Priestley

I know only two words of American slang,
'swell' and 'lousy'.
I think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell.
- J. B. Priestley

Western man is schizophrenic.
- J. B. Priestley

When I was young there was no respect for the young,
and now that I am old there is no respect for the old.
I missed out coming and going.
- J. B. Priestley

Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called
shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.
- J. B. Priestley

To different minds, the same world is a hell,
and a heaven.
- J. B. Priestley

The greater part of critics are parasites,
who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write.
- J. B. Priestley

Our trouble is that we drink too much tea.
I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient,
which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats.
- J. B. Priestley

I never read the life of any important person without
discovering that he knew more and could do more than
I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes.
- J. B. Priestley

Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible.
The accidental reveals man.
- J. B. Priestley

We should like to have some towering geniuses,
to reveal us to ourselves in colour and fire,
but of course they would have to fit into the pattern
of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types.
- J. B. Priestley

In plain words: now that Britain has told the world
that she has the H-Bomb she should announce as early
as possible that she has done with it,
that she proposes to reject in all circumstances nuclear warfare.
- J. B. Priestley

The first fall of snow is not only an event,
it is a magical event.
You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different,
and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
- J. B. Priestley

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

Difficulties are things that show a person what he is.
- Epictetus

We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
- Epictetus

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust men and they will be true to you;
treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Outer show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- Aesop

The show must go on.
- Proverb

Don't dream it, be it.
- the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show

In the arena of human life,
the honors and rewards fall to those
who show their good qualities in action.
- Aristotle

I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn

When you find your path, you must not be afraid.
You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.
Disappointment, defeat, and despair are
the tools God uses to show us the way.
- Paulo Coelho

The purpose of human life is to serve,
and to show compassion and the will to help others.
- Albert Schweitzer

Friendship must dare to risk, or it's not friendship.
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation

Show me a sane man, and I will cure him for you.
- Carl Jung

Show me a man who knows his own heart
and to him I shall belong.
- Jewel

Books serve to show a man
that those original thoughts of his
aren't very new at all.
- Abraham Lincoln

Why should we honour those that die upon the field
of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in
entering into the abyss of himself.
- William Butler Yeats

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right.
- Woody Allen

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
- Erma Bombeck

Is it bigger than breadbox?
- the early television show Twenty Questions

Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.
- Alfred Austin

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
- Bob Hope

Difficulties show men what they are.
In case of any difficulty,
remember that God has pitted you
against a rough antagonist
that you may be a conqueror,
and this cannot be without toil.
- Epictetus

It is a waste of money to help those who show no desire to help themselves.
- Taylor Caldwell

Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll
show you somebody who has never achieved much.
- Joan Collins

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
- Sydney Pollack

Dieting is murder on the road.
Show me a man who travels and I'll show you one who eats.
- Bruce Froemming

I cannot sing, dance or act; what else would I be but a talk show host.
- David Letterman

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities
and the responsibility that we all had.
It wasn't the answer.
It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
- John Lennon

Show me your hands.
Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet.
Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart.
Have you left a place for divine love?
- Fulton J. Sheen

Studies show that children best flourish when one mom
and one dad are there to raise them.
- John Boehner

In films murders are always very clean.
I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
- Alfred Hitchcock

On daytime they continue to revisit a lot of the same
stuff while nighttime does move on and show development.
- Ted Shackelford

I mean, we had on our show, we had marriages,
divorces and other stuff going on.
And that was just me.
- Harvey Korman

I never believe them when they say that because you
really have to sort of be aware of what's going on
in the news in order to get the jokes on the show.
- Samantha Bee

I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it.
- Mitch Hedberg


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